Seven Crimson Named to All-Ivy League Wrestling Teams

Seven Crimson have been recognized among the Ivy League's best (Robert Preston).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior co-captains Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith headline a list of seven Harvard wrestlers named to the All-Ivy League teams on Wednesday.

Harvard's seven All-Ivy selections are the most for the program since 2001 when eight garnered the award en route to the program's first EIWA Championship. This season, the Crimson posted its first winning record in dual meets and its first winning record against the EIWA since that same year.

"Having seven All-Ivy honorees is a true testament to the direction this team is heading," Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling commented. "We have a lot of guys pulling in the same direction and it's showing on the mat. Walter and Steven have been leading the way the last few years and it is great to see those other names join them among the Ivy League's best. They are getting the credit they deserve but we are also looking for big things in the upcoming tournaments."

Peppelman was a unanimous first team selection at 157 lbs. Ranked No. 7 in the nation, he boasts an overall record of 15-2 and was perfect in dual meets at 13-0, including five wins against the Ivy League. Peppelman has registered bonus points in eight of his bouts and has recorded three first-period falls.

Peppelman is now a three-time All-Ivy recipient after having also been named to the first team in 2011 and to the second team in 2012.

Keith, a unanimous choice a season ago, joins Peppelman on the first team for the second honor of his career. Keith is ranked 11th in the country at 141 lbs. and will enter the EIWA Tournament next week with a 25-6 overall record. He has also posted a 12-1 mark in dual meets and is 5-0 against the Ivy League. The senior has picked up bonus points in 11 of his 25 victories, and leads the team with seven major decisions.

Sophomores James Fox and Ryan Osleeb were named to the All-Ivy League second team, marking the first all-conference honor of their respective careers. Fox is 10-3 on the year at 197 lbs. with a 4-1 record against Ancient Eight foes. An NCAA Championships qualifier a year ago, Fox has won five straight matches and nine of his last 10. Osleeb, meanwhile, owns an 8-11 overall record and was 2-1 against the Ivy League.

Rounding our Harvard's All-Ivy honorees are honorable mention selections Jeffrey Ott, Cameron Croy and Nicholas Gajdzik. Ott, a freshman 125-pounder, is 17-13 this season with a 3-2 Ivy League record. Croy, a junior, has turned in a record of 18-13 between 174 lbs. and 184 lbs. with a 2-3 mark against the Ivy League's 174-pounders. Gajdzik, meanwhile, has gone 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Harvard will return to the mat next weekend at the 2013 EIWA Championships set to be help March 8-9 on the campus of Rutgers University.